Sunday 23 November 2014

Government begins bid to avert threatened strike action at Aer Lingus

Published 03/03/2014 | 13:51

A strike could cause chaos for Aer Lingus on St Patrick's weekend. Photographer: Tim Boyle/Bloomberg
A strike could cause chaos for Aer Lingus on St Patrick's weekend. Photographer: Tim Boyle/Bloomberg

THE Government has intervened in a bid to avert the threatened strike action at Aer Lingus on the eve of the St Patrick's weekend.

The decision was made following consultation between senior government officials, IBEC CEO Danny McCoy and General Secretary of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU) David Begg.

The panel is being asked to make a preliminary report to the government, IBEC and ICTU by the end of the month.

"The parties are urged to engage constructively in the process as a matter of urgency. The potential consequences for all parties are stark should the Employers and Unions not be able to resolve their differences," according to a spokesman for Minister Varadkar.

SIPTU has warned that its workers will down tools between 5-9am in a move that could cause travel chaos.

Aer Lingus released a statement this evening acknowledging the need for "urgent investigation as to how a final resolution of the industrial relations issues relating to the IASS can be secured".

The company said it intends to "commence the process of re-accommodating and rebooking customers from tomorrow, in order to give certainty to customers regarding their travel arrangements in the face of threatened industrial action."

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